I have always liked the sound and feel of wooden snowshoes; they float higher on the snow, and I find them more satisfying to use than the aluminum ones. Today, my trail companions and I strapped on our webs and went out into the softwoods for snowshoe hare hunting. Following a snowmobile trail out through a covered corn field, I was glad when we made it into the tree-line as I had felt the strong wind for long enough and was ready to get off the path and warm up.
We were not able to find any tracks so we decided to check a group of low-growing juniper bushes– I felt like I was walking on a spring mattress as I tried to jump out any hares that may have been hiding under the cave-like branches. With very limited sign, my trail companions and I were wondering how this hunting spot would be this year. After some time, we found a section of forest that was heavily tracked with snowshoe hare– it was not fresh, but encouraging. It is unfortunate that we did not come home with anything today, but it is always nice to get out onto the snow and spend time in good company.